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What are Window Shutters?

January 30, 2017 Window Shutter

Window shutters have been around for hundreds of years. Originally, window shutters were made of wood and are typically built for the lower part of windows. They were also originally designed for the inside of houses.

The first shutters were said to be invented in Greece. They were fixed louvres made of marble at first, but eventually, due to practicality and availability, wood replaced marble as the staple material for shutters.

Window shutters became popular in Australia especially in the 1960s and 1970s because of their practicality in shielding homes from the harsh rays of the sun. Wood, aluminium, and plastic are common materials for Australian window shutters.

Window shutters can be manipulated to let in light and air. They are used to shield homes from weather, light and other outside elements. They can be made with vertical or horizontal slats. Window shutters can be interior shutters or shutters installed on the inside of homes, and exterior shutters, or shutters that are installed on the outside of homes.

Interior shutters

Typically made of wood, interior shutters provide extra privacy and protection to homes. They are durable and can lessen the cost of electricity by being an excellent insulator. Interior slats can be fixed or adjustable. Interior shutters have frames that are filled with wooden slats or slats made from other solid material. Interior shutters can be made with operable or stationary louvre or slats.

Exterior shutters

Exterior shutters are installed on the outside of windows to provide privacy, protection, and light and weather control. Louvre shutters are the most common type of exterior shutters. Louvre shutters or plantation shutters are shutters that have louvre or slats that fill the window frame. They come in different sizes and materials. The hurricane shutter is a variety of exterior shutter that is useful in protecting windows from storms and other extreme weather disturbances.

Benefits of having window shutters

Window shutters provide a lot of benefits for homeowners. Typically, there are two separate shutters and they can be opened and closed separately. Although shutters are more expensive than blinds and curtains, they provide benefits that make them a good investment for your home.

  • Aesthetic quality

Shutters have a variety of finishes which make them an attractive feature of any home. Shutters are stylish and can match almost any interior or exterior of homes.

  • Durable and built to last

Unlike blinds and curtains, shutters are permanent window fixtures. They are built from solid and sturdy materials. You do not need to replace window shutters unless the slats have been broken.

  • Reliable protection

Window shutters protect the interior of our home from outside elements such as storms, rain, hail, and extreme heat.

  • Provide insulation

Window shutters help regulate the temperature inside your home. You can let in the air by simply opening your window shutters. You can shut them close if you want your homes to be warmer.

  • Control sunlight

You can protect your home from the harmful rays of the sun with the use of window shutters. And then open them in the morning to allow sunlight in and provide natural light to your home.

  • Cost efficient

Because window shutters are excellent insulators and last for a very long time, you can lower your electricity bills and save money. You can minimise the use of your air conditioning and heater because window shutters have the ability to regulate the temperature in your room.

  • Easy to manipulate

Window shutters are easy to open and close. They do not have strings or other mechanisms to open and close their slats.

Window shutters are beautiful, elegant and stylish ways to provide privacy, protection, and security to your homes. Look into the different styles and varieties of window shutters here at McElwaines and choose the perfect one for your home.